Defensive-minded Black Team favored over Red as G-Day rosters revealed

ATHENS – Georgia finally released its rosters for the G-Day Game late Wednesday. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Basically the Black Team is the defensive team and the Red Team is the offensive team. The No. 1 units for those respective sides of the ball are represented and they’re stacked even deeper at certain positions. Accordingly, expect the Black, with two All-Americans and 10 returning starters, to be favored to win.
  • Quarterbacks Aaron Murray and Hutson Mason are both on the Red team, as well as tailbacks Isaiah Crowell and Ken Malcome and every standout wide receiver. The starting offensive line, as cited by position coach Will Friend earlier this week, is wearing red — LT Kenarious Gates, LG Dallas Lee, C David Andrews, RG Chris Burnette, RT Kolton Houston.
  • The Black team features the entire starting defense and includes newly minted cornerback Malcolm Mitchell. However, Mitchell is expected to have to sit out due to a recent hamstring pull.
  • Noseguard Kwame Geathers ended up on the Red team along with defensive end Garrison Smith, an indication they finished the spring behind John Jenkins and Cornelius Washington, respectively.
  • Mike Gilliard is at middle linebacker with the Black squad while Christian Robinson is with the Red. Jarvis Jones and Chase Vasser are the Black team OLBs.
  • True freshman tailback Keith Marshall is listed with the Black but is doubtful due to a hamstring injury. If he doesn’t go, every other back on that offense originally walked on at UGA. The Red team’s Richard Samuel (concussion) also is not expected to play.
  • There are only six defensive backs on the Black squad and one of those is strong safety Shawn Williams, who is expected to miss with a minor knee injury. With no other safety listed on the roster, don’t be surprised if Sanders Commings plays safety and Damian Swann starts at corner. Williams’ backup Corey Moore is with the Red team.
  • There are 50 players on the Red roster and 53 on the Black. But cornerback Devin Bowman is listed on both rosters and there is expected to be much switching back and forth, especially at positions at which the hierarchy hasn’t been firmly set.
  • There are no celebrity coaches or any other gimmicks surrounding this year’s game. Remember to bring at least one canned good for admission and the 3 p.m. game is scheduled to be televised on tape delay by CSS at 5 p.m. on Saturday. . . .

No. Name Pos. Class Hgt. Wgt. Hometown
1 Branden Smith DB Sr. 5-11 176 Atlanta, Ga.
2 Parker Welch QB RSo. 6-3 204 Jesup, Ga.
4 Keith Marshall RB Fr. 5-11 202 Raleigh, N.C.
5 Damian Swann DB So. 5-11 177 Atlanta, Ga.
6 Michael Erdman WR RSo. 5-10 191 Merritt Island, Fla.
6 John Jenkins DL Sr. 6-3 351 Meriden, Conn.
7 Greg Bingham QB RSo. 6-4 223 Columbus, Ga.
9 Alec Ogletree ILB Jr. 6-3 236 Newnan, Ga.
9 Curtis Wyatt WR RSo. 6-1 195 Locust Grove, Ga.
10 Faton Bauta QB Fr. 6-3 222 West Palm Beach, Fla.
16 Christian Lemay QB RFr. 6-2 198 Matthews, N.C.
17 Rantavious Wooten WR Jr. 5-10 185 Belle Glade, Fla.
18 Bacarri Rambo DB Sr. 6-0 218 Donalsonville, Ga.
19 Sanders Commings DB Sr. 6-2 217 Augusta, Ga.
20 Brandon Harton RB Jr. 5-6 174 Reidsville, Ga.
23 Alex Parsons RB Jr. 5-10 194 Fayetteville, Ga.
25 Rhett McGowan WR Jr. 6-0 190 Calhoun, Ga.
26 Malcolm Mitchell DB So. 6-1 184 Valdosta, Ga.
29 Jarvis Jones OLB Jr. 6-3 241 Columbus, Ga.
29 Jamal Payette WR RFr. 6-3 183 Cleveland, Ga.
33 Kyle Karempelis RB So. 5-9 180 Roswell, Ga.
33 Chase Vasser OLB Jr. 6-3 227 Gainesville, Ga.
35 Michael Gilliard ILB Sr. 6-2 220 Valdosta, Ga.
35 Chris Young RB Jr. 6-1 230 Hinesville, Ga.
36 Shawn Williams DB Sr. 6-1 220 Damascus, Ga.
37 Devin Bowman DB RFr. 6-0 175 Rossville, Ga.
42 Dustin Royston RB Jr. 5-11 242 Royston, Ga.
45 Ben Mozingo RB Fr. 6-0 225 Alpharetta, Ga.
49 Corey Campbell RB RSo. 5-10 210 Hephzibah, Ga.
55 Ben Reynolds OL Jr. 6-2 255 Bainbridge, Ga.
59 Nathan Theus SP RFr. 6-3 254 Jacksonville, Fla.
63 Xzavier Ward OL RFr. 6-7 264 Moultrie, Ga.
66 Hunter Long OL So. 6-4 300 Memphis, Tenn.
70 Eddie McQuillen OL RFr. 6-8 264 Newnan, Ga.
74 Austin Long OL Jr. 6-5 304 Memphis, Tenn.
76 Zach DeBell OL RFr. 6-6 273 Tarpon Springs, Fla.
77 Caleb Drake OL RFr. 6-1 275 Hogansville Ga.
78 Watts Dantzler OL So. 6-7 310 Dalton, Ga.
79 Mark Beard OL So. 6-5 300 Adamsville, Ala.
81 Taylor Bradberry WR Sr. 6-3 192 Winder, Ga.
83 Cornelius Washington DL Sr. 6-4 269 Hephzibah, Ga.
84 Hugh Williams TE RSo. 6-5 254 Atlanta, Ga.
85 Geoff Rapp TE RFr. 6-3 230 Kennesaw, Ga.
87 Jay Rome TE RFr. 6-6 254 Valdosta, Ga.
89 Daniel Williams TE Fr. 6-2 220 Lawrenceville, Ga.
93 Patrick Beless SP Fr. 5-9 155 Atlanta, Ga.
93 Abry Jones DL Sr. 6-3 309 Warner Robins,Ga.
96 Mike Thornton DL RSo. 6-1 287 Stone Mountain, Ga.
97 Adam Erickson SP RSo. 5-10 168 Athens, Ga.
98 Cody Johnson SP RSo. 6-1 200 Marietta, Ga.

No. Name Pos. Class Hgt. Wgt. Hometown

1 Isaiah Crowell RB So. 5-11 215 Columbus, Ga.
3 Blake Sailors DB Jr. 5-11 186 Athens, Ga.
4 Luis Capella DB Jr. 5-10 176 Augusta, Ga.
5 Ben Shelton QB Fr. 6-1 180 Wayland, Mass.
7 Jesse Jones DB RFr. 6-0 190 Habersham, Ga.
11 Aaron Murray QB Jr. 6-1 211 Tampa, Fla.
11 Connor Norman DB RSo. 5-10 208 Duluth, Ga.
12 Austin Herod DB Jr. 5-10 191 Woodstock, Ga.
12 Tavarres King WR Sr. 6-1 192 Mount Airy, Ga.
14 Hutson Mason QB Jr. 6-3 196 Marietta, Ga.
15 Marlon Brown WR Sr. 6-5 222 Memphis, Tenn.
20 Lucas Redd DB Fr. 6-1 210 Jefferson, Ga.
22 Richard Samuel IV RB Sr. 6-2 243 Cartersville, Ga.
24 Ken Malcome RB RSo. 6-0 226 Decatur, Ga.
25 Marc Deas DB RSo. 6-1 197 Kissimmee, Fla.
27 Greg Mulkey TE RFr. 6-3 230 Fairmount, Ga.
31 Chris Conley WR So. 6-3 202 Dallas, Ga.
32 James Davis RB Fr. 5-11 215 Baronton, Ga.
37 Devin Bowman DB RFr. 6-0 175 Rossville, Ga.
39 Corey Moore DB So. 6-2 207 Griffi n, Ga.
41 Brandon Burrows ILB RSo. 6-3 240 Marietta, Ga.
43 Merritt Hall RB RFr. 5-11 216 Alpharetta, Ga.
43 Quintavious Harrow DB So. 5-11 183 Columbus, Ga.
44 T.J. Stripling OLB Jr. 6-6 222 Decatur, Ga.
44 Drew Wilson TE Jr. 6-2 206 Tignall, Ga.
45 Christian Robinson ILB Sr. 6-2 226 Norcros, Ga.
46 AJ McDonald ILB So. 6-0 240 Suwanee, Ga.
46 Alexander Ogletree RB Jr. 5-10 224 Newnan, Ga.
47 Ray Drew DL So. 6-5 263 Thomasville, Ga.
47 Taylor Maxey RB RFr. 5-10 220 Statham, Ga.
48 Kosta Vavlas ILB RSo. 6-0 219 Tarpon Springs, Fla.
51 Ramik Wilson OLB So. 6-2 224 Tampa, Fla.
52 Amarlo Herrara ILB So. 6-2 231 College Park, Ga.
56 Garrison Smith DL Jr. 6-3 294 Atlanta, Ga.
58 Sterling Bailey DL RFr. 6-3 259 Gainesville, Ga.
60 Wright Gazaway SP RFr. 6-0 240 Buford, Ga.
61 David Andrews OL So. 6-2 280 Norcross, Ga.
64 Dallas Lee OL Jr. 6-4 300 Buford, Ga.
68 Chris Burnette OL Jr. 6-2 313 LaGrange, Ga.
69 Ty Frix SP Sr. 6-0 213 Calhoun, Ga.
72 Kenarious Gates OL Jr. 6-5 328 Grantville, Ga.
75 Kolton Houston OL RSo. 6-5 291 Buford, Ga.
82 Michael Bennett WR RSo. 6-3 208 Alpharetta, Ga.
83 Jack Loonam TE RFr. 6-0 215 Lexington, S.C.
86 Justin Scott-Wesley WR RFr. 5-11 218 Camilla, Ga.
88 Ricky Lowe DL Sr. 6-7 258 Duluth, Ga.
88 Arthur Lynch TE Jr. 6-5 272 Dartmouth, Mass.
90 Ethan Jackson SP RFr. 5-11 182 Sandersville, Ga.
91 Scott Eichler SP Sr. 5-11 184 Oakwood, Ga.
92 Dexter Morant OLB RSo. 6-7 245 Manning, S.C.
95 Reuben Faloughi OLB Jr. 6-5 255 Martinez, Ga.
99 Kwame Geathers DL Jr. 6-6 350 Georgetown, S.C.
99 Jamie Lindley SP Sr. 5-11 177 Savannah, Ga.

117 comments Add your comment

Year of the DAWG

April 12th, 2012
5:56 am

GATA ! Go Dawgs !!!!!!!!


April 12th, 2012
6:41 am

Trust me the red team will win.Go Dawgs


April 12th, 2012
7:19 am

The black team should be favored….dont forget, they can count on Murray gift of at least 14 points……


April 12th, 2012
7:20 am

I think the 2 biggest questions this Saturday will be:
How many picks will our ALL SEC QB toss and
How many times will IC tap the helmet to come out.


April 12th, 2012
7:25 am

The OL is still a unit in the making, so the defense will and should be greatly favored. It has got to be tough, scrimmaging against a DL like UGA has, when you are just starting for the first year, so it will be a showcase for the defense. If the OL can open a few holes, we might see Crowell put on a few good runs, most of the offense will come from passing mostly.


April 12th, 2012
7:26 am

Anyone know how to see the game if you have U Verse. You can’t get CSS for some reason.


April 12th, 2012
7:26 am

Quick Question- does the Black Team have a winning record? If so, Red team loses cause we all know Murray cant beat teams that are good…


April 12th, 2012
7:28 am

Funny that Hudson is on the red team with Murray- just shows that CMR is afraid to have Hudson play to much- he would clearly outshire “our boy” Murray………9-3 at best……


April 12th, 2012
7:31 am

•There are no celebrity coaches or any other gimmicks surrounding this year’s game

WHAT????? you’re kidding me….no retro helmets???? no blackout???? how in the world can these players get up to play with out a gimmick???? come on Coach Richt- lets do something!!!!

Topp Dogg

April 12th, 2012
7:46 am

Wayne ,his name is Hutson dumb -ass.


April 12th, 2012
7:57 am

Depends on which side Coach Bobo is calling plays!! So predictable!! Up the middle… up the middle…long pass!! Any more on JP from Camden? Or is he goin to announce on G-Day?


April 12th, 2012
8:21 am

Jeez, where did the optomism go? Aaron Murray had a good year last year and this is the year the Dawgs can contend for a national title with a favorable schedule, an offense loaded with talent and a formidable defense. Lighten up, G-Day should be fun this year


April 12th, 2012
8:23 am

Topp Dogg….its really ashame you and I support the same team- its morons like you that I wish would crawl in a hole or find another team to support….loser


April 12th, 2012
8:26 am

Jeez, where did the optomism go? Aaron Murray had a good year last year and this is the year the Dawgs can contend for a national title with a favorable schedule,

REALLY???? Murray had a Good year????? his turnovers and poor decision making were a direct result of 2 losses, and factored in a large part to another one. We were one Murray pick away from losing to a couple of other teams……unfortunately, I use to be just as optimistic as you are, but I have grown sick of winning the pre-season national championship and seeing what happens in the fall. Until this team proves otherwise, I have no expectations….


April 12th, 2012
8:29 am

If Murray has his good year next year- 9-3

If Murray has a bad year- 7-5

We have so many pasties on this years schedule, even with Murray playing bad (and we know CMR will leave him in) we should be able to win 6 or 7 in spite of Murray and Bobo


April 12th, 2012
8:31 am

@ Wayne — You support UGA? Based on your comments, I would think you are a Techie. I know I know — you can evaluate QB talent much better than CMR. …. loser.


April 12th, 2012
8:32 am

PaulPaul: You do know that CSS stands for “COMCAST Sports South”, right?

random first name

April 12th, 2012
8:35 am

Hutson is such a better QB than midget Murray. Didn’t y’all see last year’s G Day game? He clearly outplayed Murray.

random first name

April 12th, 2012
8:38 am

Hudson is clearly a better QB than Murray. Didn’t y’all see last year’s spring game?

another random first name

April 12th, 2012
8:38 am

Todd Grantham will probably get hired at Arky.

yet another random first name

April 12th, 2012
8:41 am

Murray the Midget has never beaten any good teams. Dawgs will go 8-4 this year with losses to USC, UT, UF, and Auburn,


April 12th, 2012
8:45 am

I think the setup is great

Our young OL will be facing a stern test.

If they get lathered up and start making plays, their confidence level goes way up

Wes Mantooth

April 12th, 2012
8:56 am

Alot of negative folks are up early this morning. I am looking forward to heading to Athens on Saturday and watching the game. Go Dawgs


April 12th, 2012
8:56 am

@ Wayne — You support UGA? Based on your comments, I would think you are a Techie. I know I know — you can evaluate QB talent much better than CMR. …. loser.

Beanster- moron…look at 90% of the comments posted on Murray and his “talent” as it has showcased on the playing field the last two years……90% dude…the proof is the results on the field….2 losses last year were a DIRECT result of Murray……10 wins……yeah- that was our D plain and simple……we were 1 murray pick 6 away from 2-3 more losses……..

ATL Sports Fan

April 12th, 2012
8:58 am

WOW! Of the 23 posts, looks like the same person was responsible for about 16 of them. Its obvious by the same spelling errors, the way the sentences are formulated. That’s talent!!


April 12th, 2012
9:00 am

Is someone going to remind Bobo during each game when he tries to run Calton up the middle that Carlton has transferred?

The Tide is rolling and nothing can stop it

April 12th, 2012
9:04 am

Wow, let’s stack the teams so UGA can be even further down the delusional road when it comes to their defense.

You’ll never win the SEC giving up 40pts to ranked teams.

Realistic DAWG

April 12th, 2012
9:05 am

The loss to Mich State still burns….what a disgrace!!! That loss, along with all the off the field issues will cost us (1) game period! Murray will cost us minimum (2) games guarenteed! Plus, its our year to lose to FLA again (a splash of Murray on this one too). Looks a whole lot like 8-4 boys. Face it, the Murray – Bobo combo can’t win big games! Just being realistic guys….sorry.

Chris Mike

April 12th, 2012
9:05 am

Murray will cost us at least two very important games next season. I predict it will be at SC and the sec championship game. Murray had showed for the last wo season that he is very shaky, nervous passer when the game is on the line. Last year we won the FL game inspite of Murray. Note Play Lemay and let get ready for the future. Go Dawgs!


April 12th, 2012
9:06 am

I don’t like Geathers and Jenkins on different teams. They ought to rotate in Geathers and Jenkins non-stop until our O-line proves it has grown a pair. That is what they will be facing against the best teams in the SEC. It won’t happen though. If the D-line is blowing up our O-line too much Bobo won’t get to run any of his cutsie plays. Plus, we don’t want anyone to get any boo boos.

The offense is soft. Bobo will pull out some smoke and mirror plays on the opening drive that make them look real good, but then they’ll get stuffed in the red zone. Watch and see.



April 12th, 2012
9:10 am

Kyle ol pal, you know everything. In fact, you can guarantee that if Hutson Mason were in the game in the situations where AM coughed it up that the turnover would not have happened. May I borrow your crystal ball when you aren’t using it?

Hutson Mason was extremely lucky to have been given a scholly. Call me a moron all you want, but I think I am going to go with the opinion of the guy who has coached two Heisman winning QBs when it comes to evaluating talent. But clearly, you are the expert, Kyle. What is it you do for a living? Still a school boy perhaps?


April 12th, 2012
9:12 am

Which team is QB Eric Murray on? They usually lose against good defenses. I’d be willing to guess the Black team will win, just a lot more poise and big game playmakers on that side of the ball.

Who should have a big day on Black team offense?
Karempelis, Harton, Rome, McGowan, Bradberry, Lemay, Bingham, and Smith.

Black team defense?
Jenkins (should dominate the inexperienced line), Rambo/Commings (should intercept 3 from interception machine QB Eric Murray), Jarvis Jones (at least 3 sacks of lead footed QB Eric Murray)

Who should have a big day on Red Team offense?
Hutson Mason (if he gets enough reps), King, Lynch (Mason loves to use his tight ends), Bennett (might get player of game if Black team doubles King), Crowell, Malcome

Red Team defense?
Ogletree, Ray Drew, Herrara, Geathers


April 12th, 2012
9:16 am

Its real easy to point the finger at Murray but those who know anything whatsoever about football know that the problems on offense start with the offensive line. Murray has absolutely ZERO support in the running game in big games. I don’t care if we’ve got freaking Joe Montana in his prime behind center. It won’t make a bit of damn difference if we can not move the ball on the ground in big games. That is what wins big games in the SEC, not the quarterback.

Its absolutely laughable to blame Murray for turnovers where he was running for his life because our underperforminig O-line was getting its tail whipped. Simply laughable. Murray is the toughest player we have on our entire offense. He gives it 110% every game. He can’t do it all himself. The other 10 guys need to pick up the slack.



April 12th, 2012
9:17 am

It is hilarious to read someone trying to pretend to be a fan when they don’t even know how to spell the name of the back-up qb they are supposedly supporting!

Texas Dawg

April 12th, 2012
9:19 am

Not a techie…….just a life long UGA fan…………….Murry has yet to get it done against a good team…….numbers look good….against week team…..when he beats a team that fininshes in the top 10 or 20 then I’ll get on board…………………he has not gotten it done to this point……….imagine what Green or Shockley would have done against our week…..week schedule……all the talk in the world is cheap till you get it done when it matters.

Texas Dawg

April 12th, 2012
9:20 am

weak……dang spell check

magnolia dawg

April 12th, 2012
9:23 am

I was boooorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrn By The Riiiiiiiver………….Go Dawgs


April 12th, 2012
9:25 am

I am amazed at the idiots who fall for the “2nd string QB is always better” crapola

Answer me this honestly.

Murray cracks a rib against Buffalo.

Can’t play against Mizzou

You think Lemay could go up there and win that game?

I don’t. I think we would be screwed.

Lemay can’t even get ahead of one of the walkons on the depth chart.

Murray has made boneheaded mistakes and I threw him under the bus for it but like anything in life, you learn from your mistakes.

If you don’t make mistakes you are either not doing anything or you are Jesus.


April 12th, 2012
9:26 am

Don’t waste a defender on the outlet receiver when QB Eric Murray is in, Murray doesn’t throw to outlets, has a hard time finding tight ends in traffic, so double King his primary, and Murray will fold. Murray has only thrown 1 td all Spring, so no worries about him.

Tavarres King is money in big games, so Grantham better blanket him.


April 12th, 2012
9:31 am


Are you drunk?

Who is Eric Murray?

National Champions

April 12th, 2012
9:32 am

Roll Damn Tide


April 12th, 2012
9:32 am

@ dawgfan — Your 9:16 a.m. post is spot on.

I was just as frustrated as any true Dawg fan was when AM turned it over last year, some at the most inopportune times. However, to suggest that Mason would have been able to hang onto the ball when Ingram or Clowney had the Red Sea parted in front of them on their way behind the line of scrimmage is absolutely laughable. Murray needs to do a better job protecting the football, I get it. But I don’t think the coaches are playing “favorites” as everyone likes to claim when it comes down to who the starter is. CMR’s job was on the line last year. $3 mil a year. You don’t think he wants the best, most capable guy for the job out there??


April 12th, 2012
9:32 am

“If Murray has a good year next year……”

Murray has yet to have a good GAME in 2 years against teams that finish top 25, much less a good season. Murray is 0-9 lifetime against those teams. He’s not going to suddenly develop poise and leadership. Old habits are hard to break.


April 12th, 2012
9:36 am

Richt’s judgment at QB hasn’t been good for years. He started Tereshinski over future #1 NFL draft pick Stafford, remember? And went with Joe Cox over Logan Gray, and now Murray over Mason and Lemay. It’s been years since we’ve won a big game against a great defense.


April 12th, 2012
9:37 am

I’ll pick the Black Team (Area 229) players over the
Red Team (Area 770).

magnolia dawg

April 12th, 2012
9:37 am

Tree killers…………Go Dawgs


April 12th, 2012
9:39 am


Are you talking about Aaron Murray or Eric Murray? I can never keep up with which one you are bashing.

Realistic DAWG

April 12th, 2012
9:39 am

Hey dawgfan, I seem to remember Murray standing flat-footed with plenty of running room out of the pocket when he threw not 1 but 2 ints against the ultimate puss Mich State! Thats the point bro, the QB is expected to make plays! At some point, Murray has to make a play against a top tier team. The stats don’t lie…never beat a top 25 team…never won a big game…had PLENTY of opportunity! No one is blaming Murray for Bobos poor play calling, but here again dude make a play when things are tough. I bet Jarvis, Jon, Rambo, and the rest of the DAWG D really appreciate a perspective like yours…the QB only makes plays because the D sucks and there is no pressure? Yeah right!!


April 12th, 2012
9:39 am

Hey Chip, what about National Signing Day for College Hoops? You know, where Kentucky signed the #1 class for the 4th year in a row?

What about that awesome UGA class? Oh wait, it’s not even in the Top 100 and no one cares.

Mark Fox is not getting it done.


April 12th, 2012
9:41 am

Gonna be a great game and either way, another big Georgia win!